I've had a couple surprises this last couple weeks when it comes to my friends and their finances. I keep in contact with some friends from University through daily e-mails we send back and forth as a group. Somehow we got onto the topic of retirement savings. I was feeling a little sheepish, because I had cut my retirement savings from 18% to 0% when I switched jobs after I bought my house, and only recently had I started to put a little bit back in. This sheepishness is compounded by the fact that I used my retirement nest egg as a downpayment for my house through the new homebuyers program. These friends are professionals, make smart financial decisions, and some of them had actually stayed at home with their parents until they had enough money to buy a house. Surely they must be putting in their maximum contributions?
Some of them hadn't even put in a dime yet. Some were only putting in 2%. Of those of us that were sharing, I think my 3% contributions were actually the highest. I was stunned. I'm glad that our discussion moved in the direction of "I really should get on this, even if it's just a little", because I know how much easier it is to save when you're young.
I showed my blog to a friend of mine at work, again with a surprising response. Apparently we have the same consumer debtload. It's creepy close, one total was within $100. It's making me realize that I'm not the only one out there who has made mistakes, I'm not the only one feeling the pinch, and I'm not the only one worried about the future. It's relieving in a way, because struggling with debt can be such an isolating experience.
So, I'd like to thank all of the other personal finance bloggers out there for sharing your stories and encouragement. It means a lot to me, and it helps me stay committed to getting rid of my debt. Thank You!
Seven RRSP growth strategies. (Registered Retirement Savings Plan): An article from: Canadian Chemical News
Retirement realities. (Registered Retirement Savings Plans): An article from: Canadian Manager
Are RRSPs worth it? (registered retirement savings plans): An article from: Canadian Chemical News